March 20, 2012

Riders add two more QBs, release Bergquist Staff

REGINA — The Saskatchewan Roughriders continue to tinker with their quarterbacks, signing Levi Brown and Matt Johnson, while releasing Cole Bergquist.

Last season, Bergquist appeared in two games for the Riders, completing just one of his six pass attempts for a 10-yard gain. He joined the Riders in 2010.

Brown  played at Troy University and after redshirting the 2007 season, became the starter for the Trojans in 2008. In his senior season he went on to break the Troy and Sun Belt Conference single-season record for passing yards with 4,254.

That placed him in second spot in the nation for passing in 2009 which also earned him the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year award. The 24-year-old went on to be drafted by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round (209th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft.

He spent portions of both the 2010 and 2011 season with the Bills before being released from their practice squad in September.

Johnson appeared in 32 games over four seasons at Bethune-Cookman, throwing for a total of 3,283 yards on 243 completions as well as 18 TD’s. As a senior, Johnson led the Wildcats to a program-best 10-2 record and a share of the 2010 MEAC (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) Championship.

The 2010 MEAC Offensive Player of the Year led the conference in total offense (2,753 total yards) and completion percentage (65.1%). He also ranked second in the MEAC and FCS in passing efficiency (152.5) and sixth in the MEAC in scoring touchdowns (20).

The 24-year-old signed as a free agent with the B.C. Lions in 2011 and went on to attend training camp with the team.